Named a UNESCO Creative City, Paducah, KY is full of culture and creativity. Home to the National Quilt Museum, Yeiser Art Center and much more, this captivating Southern town is the perfect getaway for those seeking rich cultural experiences. Start planning your next vacation — and take a virtual tour below.

Take a Virtual Tour of Paducah, KY

Freight House

330 S. 3rd St., #102, Paducah, KY 42003 • (270) 908-0006

The renowned Freight House is led by chef/proprietor Sara Bradley, runner-up on season 16 of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Chef Sara opened Freight House’s doors in 2015 under the ethos food is more than just eating; your food has a story. Freight House aims to be Western Kentucky’s most unique dining experience, serving traditional Southern flavors with a modern twist. Through locally sourced meats and garden fare, their mission is to bring you fresh ingredients from local partners and help define the flavor of the “new South.”

Freight House in Paducah, KY

Freight House serves traditional Southern dishes with modern flair. Image: Glen Hall

The National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson St., Paducah, KY 42001 • (270) 442-8856

Encompassing 30,000 square feet of contemporary gallery space, the National Quilt Museum is the largest of its kind in the world. Featuring a 320-piece collection of contemporary quilts and ever-changing thematic exhibitions that celebrate traditional quilt making methods, the museum also offers year-round workshops by world-class instructors.

National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum is a must-see, showcasing world-class quilts and fiber art. Image: Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau

Yeiser Art Center

200 Broadway St., Paducah, KY 42001 • (270) 442-2453

Yeiser Art Center is the host of the international Fantastic Fibers and Paducah Photo juried exhibits. Its rotating exhibitions spotlight a diverse range of art forms, styles and techniques through works by regional and international artists. The gallery store offers Kentucky-crafted goods, original art and craft media.

Yeiser Art Center

Appreciate different art forms from artists around the world at Yeiser Art Center. Image: Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau

Slim’s and Frenchtown Station

125 North 11th Street, Paducah, KY 42001 • (270) 557-7929

Slim’s and Frenchtown Station are among Paducah’s most coveted mercantile shops. Both are curated by the same family and offer unique and repurposed items. Slim’s is a reimagined and repurposed Southern gem. Originally a BBQ joint, Slim’s still uses its original iconic country and chrome bar stools. The upscale mercantile now offers smart gifts, boasting a tasteful melding of antique, industrial and vintage pieces alongside clothing and curated gift lines for men and women. Slim’s is steps away from Frenchtown Station, a 1930’s-era restored filing station-turned-mercantile. The store offers an ever-changing array of curated finds with a seasonal twist, making both Frenchtown Station and Slim’s places to visit to find the next best thing.

Slim's in Paducah, KY

Find unique home decor, clothing and antiques at Slim’s and Frenchtown Station. Image: Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau

Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown Paducah has been consistently recognized as one of America’s best and most beautiful main streets by Architectural Digest and many others. Upon arrival in this picturesque Paducah neighborhood set along the Ohio River, you’ll discover the true beauty of Paducah — cultural heritage and creative spirit. Local events, specialty stores and shopping districts line the streets, where visitors can also enjoy browsing art galleries or the riverfront “Wall to Wall” murals.

Downtown Paducah

Explore local events, specialty stores, art galleries and murals in downtown Paducah. Image: JT Crawford, Paducah Life Magazine

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